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Things to do in Palm Cove Queensland

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by Archie Ward (subscribe)
I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website skedaddlecarhire.com.au to make more moolah for my trips.
Published July 9th 2015
When selecting a place to travel, it often depends what sort of mood I am in. Sometimes I prefer to take in historical areas to broaden my knowledge of the world and then there are other times where I prefer to do the touristy types of things. And then there are times where I just want to relax by the waves with a cold drink in my hand. Fortunately for me, I stumbled upon Palm Cove while browsing around for ideas. This little slice of paradise just north of Cairns had quite a bit to offer me on all fronts and it comes in as a definite "recommend" for those looking to relax on world-class beaches, explore the oceans, eat at fantastic restaurants and shop.

Source: KSpilling / Wikimedia Commons


Things to Do in Palm Cove

So you probably want to know exactly what to do in Palm Cove - and the answer is really, what can't you do in Palm Cove? If you are interested in skiing, this probably isn't the place for you, but if you want to explore the Great Barrier Reef like I did, then you have arrived at your destination. I wanted to get a look at the reef from above as well as up close, so I chartered a helicopter from one of the many services in the area and did a flyover. Generally you don't hear too much about the Reef from above, but the views were breathtaking and I would definitely recommend it. Later on in my journey, I did do the traditional dive to get a closer look and it was well worth the time.

If you are a bit of a foodie, like me, then Palm Cove will not disappoint. One of the first days I spent in the area had me wanting some surfside dining and the options were abound. Apres Beach Bar & Grill sits right on the beach. The cocktails were awesome and if you are looking for local cuisine like seafood, steak and kangaroo, you'll love Apres like I did. The night I went was a karaoke night, but the place often hosts live music as well. In addition to Apres, I also took in High Tea at Lime & Peppers later in the trip.



No holiday is complete without some old fashioned relaxation and the best way to do that is at the spa. Palm Cove is known as the "Spa Capital of Australia", so I decided to try one out. I selected the Reef House Spa because of its reputation for therapeutic treatments and media attention for its work. A full body exfoliation and trance-inducing Vichy shower were all I needed to enter a state of true relaxation.

Palm Cove Beach, Cairns
Another beautiful beach Source: Dgillig / Wikimedia Commons


So with all these opportunities and options in the "Palm Cove Things To Do" category, nothing beats the beach. I blocked off an entire day to just sit and relax. Known as one of the cleanest beaches in North Queensland, my trip wouldn't' t have been complete without a day under the swaying palms and the sun on my face.

Things to Do Around Palm Cove

Skyrail over Cairns
View over the mountains of Cairns / Source: Amayagan / Wikimedia Commons


The surrounding area is also teeming with activities for those who want to explore a bit further. Even after the Reef, I was still in the mood to take in more of natures wonders, so I opted to take a ride on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway high above the rainforest. If you thought the helicopter tour of the Reef was fascinating this ride blew me away. Not only did I get a chance to soar above, but two stops along the way gave me the opportunity to get down on the forest floor and get a firsthand look at one of nature's most fantastic creations.

I read nothing but good things about the Cairns Tropical Zoo, so I rented a car via carhirepalmcove.net.au and took a ride down to check it out. If you've never held a koala and always wanted to, this is the place. Believe me when I tell you, they are just as cute and cuddly in the flesh as they seem on the telly. I wouldn't have missed that experience for the world. The zoo also held an amazing crocodile and snake show and I decided to feed a kangaroo while I was there as well. All in all, a great day to spend just outside of Palm Cove.
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